Tennessee State Library and Archives

Online Resources

Maps are invaluable components of historical and genealogical research, and documentary records often cannot be fully understood without referring...

Tennessee Electronic Library

Free access to over 400,000 magazines, journal, and newspaper articles, essays, podcasts, videos, e-books, primary source materials, and more!

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Tennessee Supreme Court Cases represent the period from about 1809 to 1950 and is an especially valuable resource for historical and genealogical...

A partial index to the hundreds of thousands of photographs and images held by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

The TeVA (Tennessee Virtual Archive) is a digital repository of Tennessee history and culture. New materials are added every day, featuring prints...

Highlighted Programs

On Saturdays, the Tennessee State Library and Archives periodically hosts free "Workshop Series" lectures, featuring experts from our...

TSLA staff

We're here to help you bring Tennessee history alive in the classroom! The Tennessee State Library and Archives is a great resource for...

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I (1914-1918), the Tennessee State Library & Archives will send a team of professional...

Library & Archives Videos

Jinx Watson is an expert in children’s story time. Watson is a retired associate professor with the School of Information Sciences at the...

This video, produced by the Tennessee Secretary of State's office, highlights a new story time program from the Tennessee Library for the...

May 6, 2017 - Documents made with pen and paper aren't the only important records of Tennessee history. In some cases, the stories of the...

July 22, 2017 - In January 1952, Brock left behind his Van Buren County home to undergo rigorous combat engineer training. He was then assigned to...

Exterior of the future Tennessee State Library and Archives at night
Tennessee State Library and Archives Breaks Ground on New Building
Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, along with Gov. Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge), Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) and Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill, officially broke ground on the new home of the Tennessee State Library and Archives Monday.
2017 Tennessee Archives Institute Graduates
Library and Archives Recognizes 2017 Tennessee Archives Institute Graduates
The Tennessee State Library and Archives is proud to recognize 11 new graduates of the Tennessee Archives Institute. The archives development program annually hosts this two-and-a-half day series of workshops on the principles and practices of archival management and records preservation. In order to graduate from the program with a certificate of archival management, archivists must complete three years of training. The institute provides participants with opportunities to interact and exchange ideas with other archivists and records keepers from across the state.
Library and Archives patron using microfilm reader/scanner
Library and Archives Hosts Genealogy Workshop the Saturday after Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a time when many of us reconnect with family members and share stories. At the Tennessee State Library and Archives, families can also explore stories of their relatives who lived generations ago. On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the staff at the Library and Archives is encouraging Tennesseans to visit the library and celebrate “Family History Day” by learning more about genealogical research.
Architect John Trail (right) tours Sec. Hargett and members of the Rutherford Co. delegation around the Technology Engagement Center construction site
“Technology Engagement Center” in Rutherford Co. Receives $100,000 Grant
The Linebaugh Public Library System is receiving a $100,000 Library Construction Grant from the Tennessee State Library and Archives to create a new Technology Engagement Center, the first of its kind in the state of Tennessee. The $2.2 million addition will be located on the grounds of Hobgood Elementary School with easy mass transit access.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives collects and preserves books and records of historical, documentary and reference value, and promotes library and archival development throughout the state.

Tennessee State Library and Archives
Charles A. Sherrill, State Librarian and Archivist
403 7th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37243
615-741-2764
reference.tsla@tn.gov